The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel writes that, with Rafael Furcal out indefinitely, Pete Kozma "appears to be the Cardinals' shortstop."
Hummel is reading the tea leaves more than anything at this point, as Kozma started a second straight game at short Monday and has outplayed Ronny Cedeno by a wide margin so far this spring. Kozma is batting .409 with a homer and two doubles in seven Grapefruit League games, while Cedeno is hitting just .125 and made a pair of throwing errors in his last start. The former first-round pick batted .333/.383/.569 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 26 games last year for the Cards, but his minor league track record is uninspiring. He and Cedeno could wind up sharing the position if Furcal is sidelined for a while. The Cards could also consider Daniel Descalso at short if Matt Carpenter proves to be capable at second base.